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The following videos provide an overview of the GOES-R Series Program mission.

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What is GOES-R?:

The GOES-R series, NOAA's next-generation geostationary weather satellites, is a game changer. These satellites, beginning with the launch of GOES-R on November 4, 2016, will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, total lightning data, and space weather monitoring to provide critical atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, climatic, solar and space data. These measurements will lead to significant improvements in the detection and observations of meteorological phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and our GOES fleet in the GOES-R era nation’s economic health and prosperity. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio

GOES-R Short: Overview:

Weather changes every day. To predict what's coming tomorrow, NOAA relies on satellites called GOES, and the latest in the series, GOES-R, promises to enable better predictions than ever before. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio

GOES-R Short: Lightning:

Where there's lightning, there's a strong chance of severe weather. The revolutionary Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM ) instrument on the new GOES-R satellite will give forecasters powerful new data for when to recommend that people in a storm's path take shelter. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio

GOES-R Short: Orbit:

2,300 miles is a long way, but locked in orbit above the equator, it's home sweet home for a weather satellite, the nation's newest, called GOES-R, will watch the Western Hemisphere, providing vital data for state-of-the-art weather forecasts. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio

GOES-R Short: Space Weather:

Weather generally blows in from over the horizon, and the GOES-R satellite will keep an eye on what's coming. But GOES-R will also monitor space weather, so when the sun acts up, managers of critical infrastructure can be prepared. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio

NOAA Satellite Orbits:

NOAA uses data from its satellites, along with those of its partners, to generate your weather forecast each day and to expand the understanding of our dynamic planet. To do this, NOAA operates three types of satellite systems and this animation shows the location of their orbits and NOAA's role in the global observing system. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NOAA Satellite and Information Service

GOES-R: Sharper Eyes for Better Forecasts:

The GOES-R weather satellite will work faster, see more clearly and more often than current weather satellites. It will help weather forecasters determine how bad the storms will be and who will have to get out of the way – sooner, safer and with more certainty. Download Original | Transcript Credit: Lockheed Martin

GOES-R: A Weather Superhero with Lightning Vision:

The GOES-R satellite has a new instrument called the Geostationary Lightning Mapper that can take hundreds of images every second of all types of lightning. When it sees an increase of lightning flashes, it can help weather forecasters predict a severe storm or tornado, and give us more warning to go to a safe place. Download Original | Transcript Credit: Lockheed Martin

Meet GOES-R:

From weather and hazards on Earth to search and rescue and bursts of energy from the sun, the GOES-R satellite will see it all from 22,000 miles above our planet! Watch this fun animation that tells the story of GOES-R. A downloadable poster is also available. Download Original | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

GOES-R Gets Launched!:

How will the GOES-R satellite get from its current home in Colorado to Kennedy Space Center for launch in November 2016? Watch this fun video to learn more about GOES-R’s upcoming travels from construction to orbit! A downloadable poster is also available. Download Original | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

Preparing for GOES-R at NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed:

NOAA satellite experts and weather forecasters worked together at the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT). This video highlights the work done from May 4 to June 12, 2015. NOAA invited National Weather Service forecasters and paired them with TV broadcast meteorologists to evaluate the new science, technology and products that will be available from the GOES-R satellite once launched. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio

Ocean Today Highlights How NOAA Environmental Satellites Monitor the Earth:

NOAA’s geostationary and polar-orbiting environmental satellites provide data from space to monitor the Earth, analyze coastal waters, relay life-saving emergency beacons, as well as predict and track tropical storms and hurricanes. Learn about the many aspects of Earth’s environmental observers and the data they provide. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NOAA National Ocean Service

So You Want To Build a Weather Satellite:

What exactly goes into building a new weather satellite? This animated video explains how GOES-R was developed and how new science and technology on the GOES-R series satellites will provide significant advancements in the observation of severe weather. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Multimedia

GOES-R Trailer:

Coming…in an orbit 22,000 miles from you…a weather satellite like never before…GOES-R! The future of weather forecasting is arriving. This video is a one-minute trailer highlighting the most important capabilities of the satellites. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Multimedia

Watchful Eyes: The Role of Geostationary Weather Satellites

"Watchful Eyes" chronicles the advent of NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system and its value to forecasters, emergency management officials, and the public, as well as the critical capabilities the GOES-R series satellites will provide. Download Original | Transcript Credit: Lockheed Martin

2012 Tornado Season:

Tornado season began rather early in 2012. This video shows satellite imagery from the March 2-3, 2012 tornado outbreak that damaged severely Henryville, Indiana. The next-generation GOES-R series satellites will increase critical warning time and save lives! Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Multimedia

GOES-R Post-Launch Activities:

What happens once the GOES-R satellite is launched? This video from Lockheed Martin explains the process, from launch vehicle separation to solar array and antenna deployment to orbit raising maneuvers, transition to storage orbit and finally GOES-R normal operations. NOTE: there is no audio on this video. Download Original | Transcript Credit: Lockheed Martin

Tornadoes with Tim Samaras:

Severe storm researcher and engineer Tim Samaras talks about his view on tornadoes, the importance of satellite imagery to his research, and the future of forecasting and warning with GOES-R. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NASA Goddard Multimedia

The Evolution of GOES:

Tim Schmit, a research scientist with the NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research, discusses the evolution of Geostationary Environmental Operational Satellites (GOES) from a simple camera in space to its future in GOES-R. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

Satellite Research and Aviation Hazards:

Steve Ackerman, Director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses using geostationary satellites to identify aviation hazards. The next-generation geostationary environmental satellite, GOES-R, will improve forecasts to reduce aviation hazards. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

NOAA Satellite Operations:

NOAA's satellites provide the bulk of the information for generating weather models, advisories, and warnings to the nation and world. Maintaining the operations and data acquisition from these satellites is a 24/7 process at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland. Download Original | Transcript Credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

GOES-R Mission Overview Video:

Learn how GOES-R can improve environmental monitoring, storm tracking, climate analysis, and ecosystem management to protect life, property, and resources. Download Original | Transcript Credit: Lockheed Martin